continued That spread to the defensive end during a pivotal third quarter. All of a sudden, the Hornets swarmed on the wings, trapping the Bulldogs' ball-handlers and forcing a rash of turnovers. F-M closed the period on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good.
Nesher had seven of his 19 points in that spurt, and Schurman would tack on seven more points in the final period to give him 29 points overall. Wittig, superb all night on the defensive side, picked up 13 points and seven assists, while Wheatley earned 10 rebounds.
F-M's inspired, short-handed win did not overshadow what took place earlier in the night - namely, the girls Hornets, who own the no. 2 seed in Class AA, needing its own second-half comeback to get rid of pesky no. 7 seed Utica Proctor 56-44 in its sectional quarterfinal.
Three weeks removed from a 55-32 rout of that same Proctor squad on Jan. 27, the Hornets found the Raiders much tougher the second time around. And this remained true even though F-M led by as much as 10 in the first half and took a 28-20 advantage to the break.
Led by Sarina Olds, who finished with 18 points, Proctor went on a 17-4 run that covered most of the third quarter and put the Hornets behind 35-32.
With its season on the line, F-M kept cool and answered in a big way, closing the quarter on a 9-0 spurt capped by Erica Assimon's 3-pointer. Suddenly, the Hornets had a 41-35 lead, and the Raiders never got closer than five points again.
Senior forward Kiley Shoemaker helped the Hornets get away, earning six of her team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, all from free throws. Assimon finished with 10 points, with Alexis Rios adding seven points. Charlotte Beers and Lauren Getman managed six points apiece.